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Laleebeen
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How can I help my 10-year-old son from being so awkward and picked on.  

My son has very few friends and is picked on often.  He is tall fo his age, he wears glasses and receives special education services at school for specific learning disabilities.  He's not very athletic and I'm trying to find something (anything) that interests him.  He told me today how unhappy he is. It's breaking my heart because I was picked on in school. I don't know what tdo to help him.
In Topics: Helping my child with reading, Helping my child with writing
> 60 days ago

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BarbK
Jun 18, 2010
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I hear the pain in your question.  The good news is that your son feels safe and is able to tell you how he really feels.  That's important.  

Education.com has great resources and information on friendships and bullying.
http://www.education.com/topic/social-development-friendship/
http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/

Since your son has learning disabilities he might enjoy the Hank Zipzer series.  These books are written by Henry Winkler (Fonzie from Happy Days), who has dyslexia himself.  The stories are funny, yet still drive home the point that having a learning disability is not the end of the world.  I suggest reading them together, that way you can talk about the characters, events, and lessons learned.

Keep talking to your son and don't be afraid to share some of your own experiences of being picked on growing up.   Point out that you turned out ok.

Since he does have a few friends, have him foster those relationships even more.  

Hope this helps.

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